MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has signed an extension through 2019 that will keep him with the team through at least 2020, the team announced Tuesday.
Cousins’ deal is worth $85 million over four years, which includes a $25 million signing bonus, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
The contract was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Couple weeks ago, ESPN reported that Cousins would be a free agent in the summer of 2020.ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted that Cousins’ extension will be signed after Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.NFL teams must have a $1.5 billion cap for 2020, and they must have at least $150 million in cap space for 2021.
The Vikings have $10 million in dead money from the signing of Cousins.
The 49ers have $15.5 million in 2016 cap space, which would allow them to cut Cousins without incurring cap penalties.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in July that he would have no problem signing Cousins to a long-term deal.
“Kirk has always had a strong work ethic, a desire to help people, and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get better,” Goodell said at the time.COUSINS HAD A TENURE IN MINNESOTA He is one of the NFL’s most valuable players and has led the Vikings to the playoffs four times in his six seasons in Minnesota.
In 2015, Cousins led the NFL with 6,823 passing yards and 21 touchdowns, good for second all-time behind only Eli Manning, who had 5,567 and 21,906 yards.COULSON WAS THE FIRST PLAYER TO WIN A MVP Award since Jim Brown in 1989.COSBY HAD ANOTHER TENURES WITH THE VEGAS KNICKS AND WAS A TENTH PLAYER.
He started nine games in his rookie season and started all 16 of the Vikings’ games in 2016.
He also played in all 16 games in 2017.COUNTERSTANDING FOR THE ROUNDBACKS COUSINS WAS A FIRST IN THE NFL WHEN THE MINNEASPORTS STARTED PLAYING HIM ON THE RUSH, but that was just a temporary situation because of injuries to his left knee.NOTES: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who is also the head coach of the San Diego Chargers, said in April that Cousins was “a guy that’s going to be here for a long time.”
Zimmer said at his introductory news conference that he believed Cousins would return to the lineup in time for the playoffs.
“You don’t want to take your team out of the playoffs in the first place, but we’ll see how he does,” Zimmer said.NOTABLE UPDATES: NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington tweeted that the Vikings have waived guard Alex Boone, who was listed as questionable with a sore left knee, from their injury report.
Boone had been on injured reserve due to a calf injury.
Boone is expected to be activated Monday.